(CNSNews.com) - Even his audience gasped on Wednesday when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo -- facing a primary challenge from a lesbian socialist -- said the United States is not and never has been such a great country.
"We're not going to make America great again," Cuomo said in a speech. "It was never that great. (Gasps from the audience.) We have not reached greatness. We will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged.
"We will reach greatness when discrimination and stereotyping against women- 51% of our population, is gone. And every woman’s full potential is realized and unleashed and every woman is making her full contribution. When that happens, this nation is going to be taken even higher because we have not yet fully liberated the women in this country. And we will. And New York will lead the way.”
President Trump reacted in a tweet: "'WE’RE NOT GOING TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, IT WAS NEVER THAT GREAT.' Can you believe this is the Governor of the Highest Taxed State in the U.S., Andrew Cuomo, having a total meltdown!"
And then Cuomo tweeted back: "@RealDonaldTrump: What you say would be 'great again' would not be great at all...We will not go back to discrimination, segregation, sexism, isolationism, racism or the KKK. Like NY's motto says: Excelsior -- Ever Upward (not backward)"
Even Cynthia Nixon, Cuomo's primary challenger, struck back from her perch on the far left: "I think this is just another example of Andrew Cuomo trying to figure out what a progressive sounds like and missing by a mile,” a reporter quoted Nixon as saying.
Rep. Ron DeSantis, a Republican who is running for Florida governor, called Cuomo's remark "absurd."
"We've done things that no other country has done. I think the country's a great country," DeSantis told Fox News's Sean Hannity Wednesday night. "I think we are on the right track now more than we were te last eight years. New York is on the wrong track, and people are fleeing his state because of his bad policies."